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Monthly Newsletter - April 2013
· April 14, 2013 10:00 AM
The ACL’s latest monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace, is out now. This month's newsletter includes stories on the government's apology to victims of forced adoption, Tony Abbott keeping his word on marriage and the bill to decriminalise abortion in Tasmania. Click
to read the April newsletter.
MR: ACL welcomes new laws in ACT protecting sexual exploitation of youth
· April 12, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Friday, 12th April 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed new laws forbidding sexual relationships between young people and adults in positions of authority in the ACT.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said the laws passed in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday night are a sensible measure to minimise the exploitation of vulnerable young people.
“People in positions of authority need to be held accountable for inappropriate sexual behaviour upon young people in their care,” he said.
“Attorney-General Simon Corbell should be commended for providing this fundamental protection for a vulnerable sector in our society.”
The new laws make it a criminal offence for an adult with responsibility for a young person to have a sexual relationship with them, even if they consent. This applies to teachers, foster or step-parents, counselors, health professionals, youth workers and sports coaches.
Those found to be breaking this law could be charged with two new offences of sexual intercourse and act of indecency.
ACL Tasmania Conference 2013
· March 28, 2013 11:00 AM
The theme of the
ACL Tasmania Conference 2013
What should we expect from our leaders?
There is a gaping hole in confidence and trust in leadership integrity today. Whether it be in politics, sport, business or media - and sadly even sometimes in the church -we appear to have an epidemic of poor leadership and role modelling. King Solomon wrote around 3000 years ago...
When just men rule, the people rejoice
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
Leaders are influencers and therefore have a huge impact on those they lead and therefore society as a whole. Shouldn’t we therefore have high expectations of our leaders? Our three speakers are proven leaders of integrity who together share a wealth of experience – in politics, business, military, church and community and aim to raise the bar on leadership in our country. We invite you to come along and learn how to be part of the solution to Australia’s leadership deficit.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Time: Registration from 6.30pm. Conference runs from
$30 per person
, includes supper
Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive Riverside
The confirmed speaking lineup includes
, former Deputy Prime Minister
Jim Wallace AM
, ACL Managing Director
, Chairman Vos Family Office and Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
MR: Forced adoption not the only breach of ‘primal and sacred bond’
· March 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Thursday, 21st March 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby commended the Government on its apology for forced adoptions, but questions the Prime Minister’s assertion that “We can promise that no generation of Australian will suffer the same pain and trauma that you did.”
“The problem with forced adoption was that it broke the biological identity of children,” said ACL’s Managing Director, Jim Wallace.
“But we are creating exactly the same problem for a future generation with those states which permit surrogacy for same-sex couples and singles.
“The worst form of forced adoption was that experienced by the Stolen Generation which broke not only biological and but also cultural identity.
“Today gay couples travel to India to have Indian women carry and bear the child, because nature doesn’t provide them this ability and this inevitably breaks the child’s biological and cultural identity.
“Some gay men even proclaim they will never allow the child to know its real mother,” said Mr Wallace. “How is this not ‘deeply shameful and distressing’ as the PM has called forced adoption today?
“The PM said of the child victims of forced adoption ‘you deserved the chance to know your mother and father’,” said Mr Wallace. “Why doesn’t that apply equally to the children forced from their biological parent through same-sex and single surrogacy?
“How can we denounce forced adoption as breaking the most primal and sacred bond there is, ‘the bond between a mother and her baby’ as the PM said, and not only allow same-sex and single surrogacy, but support same-sex marriage which will be the cultural and legislative cement that would make it irreversible?
“The PM’s speech today is commendable, but let’s join the dots and not repeat the error of breaking biological identity in forced adoptions by permitting same-sex couples and singles surrogacy,” said Mr Wallace.
An Indian service provider on the Lateline program (4/03/2013) revealed more than one third of her clients were Australian gay men.
MR: ACL welcomes government’s decision to delay anti-discrimination legislation
· March 20, 2013 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed today’s announcement by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus to rework consolidating anti-discrimination laws.
Managing Director Jim Wallace said what had started as a sensible consolidation of anti-discrimination laws into one had gone well off track threatening freedom of religion and other fundamental human rights.
“ACL denounces the overreach in this exercise and particularly the uncertainty around religious freedom exemptions and the proposal to review them every three years," he said.
“Christian schools, charities, hospitals and churches should always be free to positively discriminate in the hiring of staff in order to protect their ethos and in determining what services they deliver.
“It is the shared faith ethos of an organisation’s people that make it an attractive charity or service provider and our society would become sterile if this diversity was lost,” Mr Wallace said.
The ACL made a submission to the government’s consolidation of Anti-Discrimination laws in December 2012 calling for the religious freedoms to be protected
In January 2013 former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said conduct that insults or offends will be removed from legislation. ACL said threats to religious freedom still remained.
In February 2013 the senate committee investigating the laws recommended removing religious exemptions and exceptions from the law. ACL urged the government to reject the recommendation.
Monthly Newsletter - March 2013
· March 17, 2013 11:00 AM
The ACL’s latest monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace, is out now. This month’s newsletter includes stories on the WA Make it Count election event, redefinition of marriage in the UK, a sex-selection abortion bill and the ACL Queensland Conference. Click
to read the March newsletter.
MR: ACL urges parties to allow sex selection abortion bill to be debated
· March 01, 2013 11:00 AM
Friday, 1st March 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed moves by DLP senator John Madigan to remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions.
Senator Madigan introduced a motion in the Senate this week to ban funding of abortions “procured on the basis of gender selection” – a practice widely occurring overseas and “likely to be happening here”.
The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013 will likely be introduced into parliament this month.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said it was hard to believe that abortions were occurring for this reason, let alone being paid for by the taxpayer.
“It is horrifying to think that parents could abort their child simply because its gender does not suit their lifestyle,” he said.
"Whilst ACL opposes abortion, the acceptance of abortion for sex selection is a new low in the abortion agenda's progression in our society.
“It is the duty of our legislators to ensure unborn children are afforded the most basic of human rights.”
Mr Wallace says the case of a Victorian couple that aborted their twin boys because they wanted a daughter, should send a resounding message to politicians of the harmful consequences of sex-selection abortion.
“We urge leaders of both parties to preserve the sanctity of human life by taking serious consideration of Senator Madigan’s proposed bill and allowing this to be debated freely in the Parliament,” Mr Wallace said.
Jim Wallace on the Political Spot
· February 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Jim Wallace is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the proposed anti-discrimination laws. The senate inquiry into the bill recommended removing religious exemptions. The Attorney-General at the weekend
dismissed the idea of removing religious exemptions.
MR: ACL calls on Gillard Government to uphold religious freedom
· February 21, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Friday, 22nd February 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is today urging the Gillard Government to reject Senate Committee recommendations which threaten to dramatically undermine freedom of religion.
The parliamentary report into Labor’s new anti-discrimination laws includes a recommendation to remove exemptions and exceptions enjoyed by faith-based organisations in service delivery.
“Faith-based schools and hospitals do not discriminate, they provide a particular range of services consistent with their faith, and government must protect their ability to do that to honour its responsibility to protect human rights,” said ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace.
“The exemptions and exceptions in anti-discrimination legislation are protections for religious freedom, which under international law is a basic or fundamental human right.
“Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s legacy is a complete confusion.
“You cannot sacrifice fundamental human rights like freedom of religion because of a desire not to discriminate. This has created an ideological soup which will threaten basic human rights,” he said.
MR: ACL backs push to better protect basic human rights
· February 20, 2013 11:00 AM
Wednesday, 20th February 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has backed the push by shadow Attorney-General George Brandis to ensure that basic human rights are better protected.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace agreed with concerns raised by Senator Brandis that the Australian Human Rights Commission is focused too much on anti-discrimination to the detriment of basic freedoms such as speech and religion.
“It is important basic human rights are not subordinated to other agendas. Where other right claims conflict with long-established human rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it should be a greater priority of the Australian Human Rights Commission to defend and advocate for these,” he said.
“Whilst non-discrimination and equality are important, it is also important that these do not subordinate human rights which make for a free society.
“It is absolutely essential for free speech and the freedom of religion that people are able to express and live their views about family, marriage and life in the public square without fear of being subject to an anti-discrimination claim because their views differ from others.
“ACL believes human rights are paramount to a well-functioning society and that Christian values contributed to some of the most significant progress in the development of human rights as evidenced through the anti-slavery and civil rights movements,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace urged the Government to also consider the direction of the AHRC and re-orientate its work to protecting basic human rights.
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